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Spiraling Physical and Mental Decline

Can Be Reversed:

Anti-aging researchers tell us that the human body is designed to live well beyond the 100-year mark. They frequently cite the longevity of the Hunzas, or other tribal peoples in the mountains of Eastern Europe or South America. Reportedly these peoples were strong and vibrant into their second century and able to perform a hard day’s work until just before death.

I spent a good 15 months devising a product which will help increase stress resilience and reduce mitochondrial damage. My product is called Invigoral and can be found here and here

The next few blog entries will be chapters of the blooklet I created about Invigoral:

New Hope and Help for an
Age Old (Old Age) Problem

Cancer rates have skyrocketed, we are seeing cancers in younger and younger patients every year. It has become the new normal.

While many experts will tell you if you live long enough you develop cancer, it wasn’t always like this.

The focus in mainstream medicine is to state cancers are unrelated to each other and have specific genetic markers. While on one hand, this is correct, it is also misleading.

The concept of a Ketogenic diet has been around for decades and was historically recommended to treat intractable seizures. The initial iteration was yukky! All cream, butter, margarine, corn oil, mayonnaise and nothing tasty, interesting or very healthy. Ketogenic diets have come a long way, and the concept of eating low carbohydrates and higher fat is on a roll and gaining speed.

The term “ketogenic” means the body is using ketone bodies (produced from fatty acids) for cellular fuel (atp production), in place of glucose.

Under normal circumstances, your body maintains a glucose level; which hovers around 80-90. Glucose is extracted from carbohydrates and can be created from proteins via a process known as gluconeogenesis, which takes place in the liver. This is an important piece of information as many patients think protein is a “free” food, meaning unlimited quantity. Many think they are adopting a ketogenic diet, but don’t understand why they either don’t lose weight, improve their lipid profiles or drop their elevated blood glucose levels. In actuality, they are eating too much protein and converting the excess to glucose.

In the early nineties, the buzz word for anyone seeking out alternative views on chronic illness was candidiasis. Candidiasis is an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that is normally present in our environment but is opportunistic and can overgrow when normal bacteria are missing or reduced.

Candida was blamed for everyone presenting with chronic inflammation, chronic fatigue and food intolerance.

It is true that antibiotic use can lead to an overgrowth of Candida, and it is true that antibiotics are over prescribed. But, often patients would not improve on treatments to reduce Candida and they were subjected to months of medications and highly restricted diets.

In my Chicago area office, I often discuss nutrition, recipes and the need to avoid GMO and pesticides as part of a smart disease prevention program.

The past year, I had the honor to be intricately involved with creating and shooting a film (Bought) to be released this summer, which highlights the conflicts of interest in our food and health policies. During my research and interviews with experts and activists, I realized avoiding GMO and the few fruits and veggies which retain pesticide residue, is not enough to avoid harmful chemicals.

Neonicatinoids are a category of pesticides which are used to soak seeds in. Once the seed is planted, the chemical is incorporated in every aspect and cell of the plant. While GMO seeds are typically soaked in this chemical to impart some added pesticide resistance (the inherent GMO pesticide resistance is not working), many large-scale farmed conventional (non GMO) vegetable seeds are also soaked in this chemical.

It seems that everyone is on some sort of low carb diet. The wave of people on some variation of a paleo diet is growing for good reason: carbs are inflammatory and excess carbs lead to increased triglycerides and dense LDL, and hence, heart disease diabetes and even increased cancer risks.

However, it seems many people have their own interpretations about what should be eaten and how much can be eaten on a paleo diet. In addition, the original goal to be healthier, seems to have been thrown out of the door in exchange for eating as much as someone wants and still not gain weight.

A whole foods diet, low in carbs and cooked food and void of processed food, is a preferable diet, in general. But, when saturated with lots of cooked animal tissue, it becomes inflammatory, acidic and is loaded with carcinogens.

Many patients come to my office for sexual dysfunction (SD). SD can look like painful intercourse for women and erectile dysfunction (ED) or Peyronies for men. While there are many reasons for SD, one commonality among patients is an underlying dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The exception is ED caused by vascular damage or induced by drugs.

Most women with chronic pain are told they need hormones, or need to be on very specific diets and do not find much improvement even with these measures. Men with Peyronies are often given painful injections and are not better after those tortuous treatments.

One of the other common symptoms I find in patients with underlying autonomic dysfunction is sleep disorder. Chronic difficulty staying or falling asleep is a sure sign the neuroendocrine system or the autonomic system is not working as it should be.

This is a high protein, nutritious and easy to make soup meal, a type of meal often requested by my patients who either taste my lunch or hear about my cooking or attend my food prep classes. And, who have patiently been waiting for a cook book (ugh, don’t hold your breath)!

Measure a cup of dried split green peas, place them in a rice cooker along with 2 and a half cups of water and turn the device on (I love the Sanyo digital as it is free of aluminum and teflon and works efficiently).

Slice two large leeks, carrots and parsnips and set aside. In a soup pan, heat organic, extra virgin coconut oil with a tablespoon and a half of high quality curry powder. Once hot, add the leeks until a little golden brown. Then add the parsnips and carrots.

While this season has been particularly bad for viral illnesses, not all viral illnesses with fever are actually influenza.

In a typical year, only about 7% of those labelled as having flu, actually have influenza. This year could be a very different percentage. we won’t know until the “flu” season is over. I would not be surprised if it was much higher than the 7%. However, we have, so far, as many confirmed cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) as we have confirmed cases of influenza in much of the east coast states with the most reported flu cases. So far, approximately one quarter of those tested are positive for influenza.

All cases of upper respiratory infections associated with fever is reported as flu to the authorities. Most centers do not bother to do the nasal swab to test as to whether it is actual influenza. All hospitalizations and deaths due to any respiratory illness whether it is bacterial pneumonia, RSV, or other pathogen is recorded as due to flu.

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